#40: Why I’m No Longer Vegan – Problems with Vegetarianism and Veganism

Problems with Vegetarianism & Veganism

This is episode 40 of Evil Sugar Radio. In this episode, we talked about Antonio’s journey into and out of vegetarianism and veganism, as well as some of the potential health and environmental issues that are overlooked in the vegetarian and vegan movements.

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Episode 40 Overview

Here’s an overview of what we’ll be talking about in this episode:

  • Intro & Antonio’s Vegan experience – 0:00
  • Farming & coming back to reality – 17:30
  • Potential health issues – 21:40
  • Environmental issues – 39:10
  • Ethics and Spirituality – 48:45

Suggested Books

The Science of Yoga by William J. Broad – http://amzn.to/1e0CgWD

Cows, Pigs, Wars, & Witches by Marvin Harris – http://amzn.to/11Cpfdx

Meat: A Benign Extravagance by Simon Fairlie – http://amzn.to/QPe5QX

Show Notes

Vegetarianism and Eating Disorders (Psychology Today) – http://tinyurl.com/p5kyzl2

The Inter-relationships between Vegetarianism and Eating Disorders among Females (PubMed) – http://tinyurl.com/kuedvfy

Self-reported vegetarianism may be a marker for college women at risk for disordered eating (Science Direct) – http://tinyurl.com/muyq9s8

Vegetarianism and eating disorders (Science Direct) – http://tinyurl.com/meq4mgk

Zinc Deficiency (Anthony Colpo) – http://tinyurl.com/q52zsfu

Plasma total homocysteine status of vegetarians compared with omnivores (PubMed) – http://tinyurl.com/pn4lyyh

Veganism does not reduce the risk of the metabolic syndrome in a Taiwanese cohort (PubMed) – http://tinyurl.com/ls2jrp2

Taiwanese Female Vegetarians Have Lower Lipoprotein-Associated Phospholipase A2 Compared with Omnivores (PubMed) – http://tinyurl.com/jw7xeh3

Mortality in British vegetarians (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition) – http://tinyurl.com/nys5rmz

Ordering the vegetarian meal? There’s more animal blood on your hands (The Conversation) – http://tinyurl.com/7w7crsn

The vegans have landed (Aeon) – http://tinyurl.com/lma7dns

Why Vegetarians Are Eating Meat (Food and Wine) – http://tinyurl.com/yu6at2

Why Do Most Vegetarians Go Back To Eating Meat? (Psychology Today) – http://tinyurl.com/3mnz8g7

Music Credit

Intro music from Baba Brinkman’s Revenge of the Somatic. Purchase any of Baba’s music at http://bababrinkman.bandcamp.com/


  1. Great episode guys really enjoyed it.
    P.S. I can’t believe how much I constantly being bombarded by Paleo at the moment. I’ve pretty much given up trying to argue with people. I kind of realised you need to be open to opposing position for words to not be wasting your time.

  2. Stacey Earley says:

    I was vegan for awhile after watching that “Forks Over Knives” movie. I’m sure it’s a very healthy way to live, and those “China Study” stats are pretty persuasive (have they ever been reproduced, though?) but I got sick of being a pain in the ass whenever my boyfriend wanted to cook a meal– and I am lucky enough to have a boyfriend who does all the cooking. I had to look at the real reasons I was doing it, which had more to do with dietary purity than anything else. The whole “ethical veganism” thing smacks of spiritual superiority to me and always has, but I thought I was different because I was doing it for “health reasons.” What turned the tide for me, ultimately, was the sneaking suspicion that the head of the PCRM, Neal Barnard, was not as objective as he pretends to be. And sure enough, when I Googled him, I saw that he’s on the BOD of that coven of crazies, PETA. These doctors pushing the vegan diet as a panacea for all health ills have an agenda, and it’s a harmful (to humans) agenda. No thanks.